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Interview: Elín Hansdóttir

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April 26, 2014

“Saga – Narrative Art” at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

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4th May – 6th July 2014

The National Gallery of Iceland opens a large scale exhibition in Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, close to Essen and Dusseldorf.

The exhibition: “Saga – Narrative Art” consists of artworks by many of the best known Icelandic artists such as Kjarval, Erro, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Olafur Eliasson, Gabriela Fridriksdottir, Kristleifur Bjornsson, Olof Nordal, Helgi Thorgils Fridjonsson, Hrafnkell Sigurdsson, Ragnar Kjartansson, Steingrimur Eyfjord, Bjork, Hulda Hakon, Anna Hallin, Ben Sveinsson and Osk Vilhjalmsdottir.

In addition to the works of the aforementioned artists the exhibition presents artworks made in Iceland, by a few none-Icelandic artists, which deal with their direct relation to Icelandic nature, narrative tradition and landscape. These are works by the American artist Cindy Sherman (1954), the Czech sculptress Magdalena Jetelova (1946) and the 19th century German master Johann Heinrich Hasselhorst (1825-1904), whose painting of the Thingvalla Valley, from around 1850, is the oldest preserved painting from this ancient parliament site. It is unnecessary to do a special presentation of the internationally known women; Sherman and Jetelova are among the most famous of living artists. In the exhibition the works of Cindy Sherman show the lava fields at Kirkjubaearklaustur behind her person, dressed in original couture of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, from the 1920s, while based on laser emissions, the works of Magdalena Jetelova, take Thingvalla as their point of departure, Her works have made this most sacred of Icelandic regions, known far beyond the confines of market oriented advertising.

Since expectations are set at tens of thousands, the Icelandic exhibition in Kunsthalle Recklinghausen is among the most important venues in the Ruhr District in the spring of 2014. The museum is large and in addition a theatre festival opens the same day. Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen is among the best known and most popular theatre festival in Europe.

Kunsthalle Recklinghausen publishes a lavish catalogue with a large number of photos of the exhibited works in addition to texts by well known art historians who possess an excellent knowledge of Icelandic art.

Curators: Halldór Björn Runólfsson og Norbert Weber

 

Icelandic Ambassador in Germany Mr. Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson will open the exhibition.

TVG Zimsen is funding the shipment of the exhibition.

PHOTO: Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Spiegelung des Nordens

 

 

4. maí – 6. júlí 2014

Vegleg íslensk listsýning í Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

Hinn 4. maí næstkomandi mun Listasafn Íslands opna viðamikla sýningu á verkum íslenskra listamanna í Kunsthalle Recklinghausen; borgarlistasafni borgar í næsta nágrenni Essen og Düsseldorf í Þýskalandi.

Sýningin ber heitið „Saga – Narrative Art“ og munu þar vera sýnd verk eftir marga af bestu og þekktustu listamönnum Íslands, svo sem KjarvalErróSigurð GuðmundssonÓlaf ElíassonGabríelu FriðriksdótturKristleif Björnsson, Ólöfu NordalHelga Þorgils FriðjónssonRagnar Kjartansson, Steingrím EyfjörðBjörku GuðmundsdótturHuldu HákonÖnnu Hallin, Þórð Ben SveinssonHrafnkel Sigurðsson og Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttur.

Auk verka áðurnefndra listamanna verða á sýningunni verk eftir nokkra erlenda listamenn, sem unnin eru á Íslandi og byggja beinlínis á tengslum höfundanna við íslenska náttúru, frásagnahefð og landslag. Um er að ræða verk eftir bandarísku listakonuna Cindy Sherman (1954), tékknesku listakonuna Magdalenu Jetelová (1946) og 19. aldar meistarann þýska, Johann Heinrich Hasselhorst (1825-1904), en eftir hann liggur forláta verk af Þingvalladældinni frá miðri 19. öld; elsta varðveitta málverk af Þingvöllum. Um áðurnefndar listakonur þarf ekki að fjölyrða; þær eru í hópi allra þekktustu listamanna heims. Verk Cindy Sherman sýna brunasandinn við Kirkjubæjarklaustur bakvið listakonuna, íklædda upprunalegum hátíðarkjólum frá tískuhúsi Coco Chanel. Magdalena Jetelová tekst hins vegar á við Þingvelli með leisigeislatækni, sem stuðlað hefur að kynningu á svæðinu langt út fyrir landamæri markaðsmiðaðra ferðakynninga.

Þar sem búist er við tugþúsundum gesta á Íslandssýninguna í Kunsthalle Recklinghausen er um einn veglegasta listviðburð í Ruhr-héraðinu að ræða vorið 2014. Safnið er ekki einasta risastórt heldur hefst leikhúshátíð borgarinnar sama dag, en Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen er einhver þekktasta og fjölsóttasta hátíð sinnar tegundar í gjörvallri Evrópu.

Sýningarstjórar: Halldór Björn Runólfsson og Norbert Weber

 

Sýninguna opnar Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson sendiherra Íslands í Þýskalandi.

TVG Zimsen styrkir flutninga sýningarinnar.

MYND: Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Speiglun norðurssins 1989

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